The Institut Français d’Afghanistan (IFA) is one of the most famous cultural institutions in the Afghan capital. President Georges Pompidou and the Prime Minister of the time put its first stone on May 8th 1968.
Since then IFA has remained a unique place for cultural events, exchanges, visits and debates.
On 1997, IFA was named Centre franco-afghan (French-Afghan Center). Due to conflicts in the country the Centre franco-afghan had to close its doors from 1983 to 2002.
On 2003 the center was reopened for the afghan public and soon found its authentic place in the afghan cultural society. The day after the Paris conference on June 12th 2008, President Nicolas Sarkozy decided to increase substantially French government aid to Afghanistan.
One of its objectives was to promote culture and education. There for, the Embassy of France launched an ambitious program to rehabilitate Malalaï and Esteqlal High schools, followed by the renovation of the IFA in Kabul.
The French Cultural Center (CCF) was re-inaugurated after less than one year serious work by Sayed Zabiullah Majidi’s architectural team on September 20th 2010. More than 4000 persons participated in cultural activities (Theatre, Expo, Concert…) and events during the inauguration which lasted for 4 days.
On January 1st 2011 the French Cultural Center became the Insitut français d’Afghanistan (IFA)*. Currently IFA is the most beautiful among French Institutes in the whole region.